Exiqon Announces the First Center of Excellence in North America - OCF at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Product News Aug 18, 2011
Exiqon A/S, has announced the appointment of a Center of Excellence as part of its new certified service provider program. The Center of Excellence program is introduced in response to an increased demand for Exiqon’s LNA™ (Locked Nucleic Acid) products and services.
The Oncogenomics Core Facility (OCF) at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will offer real-time PCR services based on the Exiqon miRCURY LNA™ Universal RT microRNA PCR product line.
LNA™-based microRNA profiling holds great promise as a non-invasive way to discover important new biomarkers for a wide range of diseases and biological processes.
The extreme sensitivity obtained by inclusion of LNA™ in the PCR primers enables the use of non-invasive samples like serum and plasma where the quantity of RNA is extremely low.
“The Oncogenomics Core Facility has had great success over the last several months using the Exiqon LNA qPCR platform and we are excited to be a Center of Excellence”, said Toumy Guettouche, Ph.D., Core Director.
“We are pleased to announce the first Center of Excellence in North America”, said Henrik M Pfundheller, Ph.D., SVP Sales & Marketing and added: “The demand for profiling microRNAs from body fluids such as serum/plasma and urine is increasing at a fast rate and we are therefore happy to have the Oncogenomics Core Facility as part of our program”.
Exiqon plans to announce additional Centers of Excellence in the upcoming months.